Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide 'lodging' to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she's sworn off all things vampire.
Except... In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word 'no;' and try as she might, Maud can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.
To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who's turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won't get a warm reception. Maybe she's not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn't going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there's a lot more to Maud than they're expecting.
It was so great to read this book! This series is just so fantastic to read, but this was the first time we've been in Maud's head, and yeah, that was different and interesting to read! Plus we spent time on Arland's planet, the one that is his family's base. So that was pretty interesting!
This was the first one that I read along with the chapters as they were published when it was just serialized fiction, before it was edited into what I read now. So it was great to kinda see its evolution! And the fact that we got an extra chapter to being this book, I don't know if the others were like this or not, but yeah, it was great to see Maud and why she was there at the beginning of the previous book, and see the battle from her perspective!
So there was a few things going on. Like, Maud seeing if she and Helen could fit with Arland's family. Then there's the wedding that House Krahr has to host, which is problematic in a number of ways, as Maud discovers. It was so fun to read!
That ending was pretty bad ass. I loved how both Arland and Maud used their different skills and knowledge to know the bad guys plan, and be able to counter it, that was just an amazing moment, and was so great to read (again!)
This book was so fantastic, and I can't wait for more, whatever form it'll take!
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4
Read: July 16th, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Published: July 16th 2019